Winnipesaukee Recreation: Sailing on the Big Lake
For some, the joy is in the journey. For others, it is where the journey can take them. You'll find all types of watercraft on the lakes, but it's hard to match the passion of a true sailor. The involvement of handling the lines, the feel of the tiller, the positioning of the boat to the wind - that sense of accomplishment of having moved from point A to point B and back, using only the natural forces and physics - these are the draw for many who prefer a sail over a motor.
There are several sailing organizations operating on Lake Winnipesaukee. The Winnipesaukee Yacht Club dates from 1937 and operates as a private club based in Gilford. The Meredith Bay Sailing Association on Lake Winnipesaukee is a certified community sailing program whose objective it is to provide people in the Lakes Region sailing opportunities.
There are also well established programs at several summer camps along the lake, and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro offers sailing seamanship as part of its curriculum. A dedicated group of skippers in the Wolfeboro area recently initiated a racing schedule for boats seventeen feet and longer.
Another organization to explore is the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association. The LWSA runs a sailing school for children from 8 to 16 years of age. Their fleet of over 20 boats supports an active classroom and water program for all interests, abilities and means. Sponsoring adult racing activities for a mixed fleet, the association offers a convivial atmosphere before, during and after every event. Serious racers can participate in the J/80 fleet events held weekly through the summer months. The LWSA has the impressive national credentials of being named Fleet 1 of the J/80 class sailboat.
If you have a passion for sailing, you'll find that you're not alone in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. If you have questions about local sailing opportunities and organizations, please feel free to contact the local agents at Prudential Spencer-Hughes Real Estate in Wolfeboro.